Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.01
Liaison Meghna Tare
Submission Date April 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Texas at Arlington
OP-20: Hazardous Waste Management

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Meghna Tare
Director
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution have strategies in place to safely dispose of all hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste and seek to minimize the presence of these materials on campus?:
Yes

A brief description of steps taken to reduce hazardous, special (e.g. coal ash), universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

UT Arlington strives to reduce hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste through educating researchers and minimizing the amount of chemical reagent that are purchased by departments. There is also a project ongoing to design a Chemical Inventory for all the chemicals used on campus (using a software application)


A brief description of how the institution safely disposes of hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste:

UT Arlington manages the hazardous, universal, and non-regulated chemical waste through the UT System approved hazardous waste contractor, in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations. This program is managed by the Department of Health and Safety.


A brief description of any significant hazardous material release incidents during the previous three years, including volume, impact and response/remediation:

None


A brief description of any inventory system employed by the institution to facilitate the reuse or redistribution of laboratory chemicals:

UT Arlington is in the process of implementing a chemical inventory system using the Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS). CEMS will be used to record the quantity, type, location of chemicals stored in laboratories and offer surplus chemicals or chemical reuse inventory to researchers at UT Arlington.


Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by the institution?:
Yes

Does the institution have or participate in a program to responsibly recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish electronic waste generated by students?:
Yes

A brief description of the electronic waste recycling program(s), including information about how electronic waste generated by the institution and/or students is recycled:

UTA offers an Electronic Waste Recycling Program to the campus community.
We have more than 40 departments that participate in this program.
There are 13 bin placed across the campus at high volume area and smaller bins provided to the departments to collect the waste which they then dump in the bid bins. Our E waste recycling coordinator picks them up every few weeks or special pick as and when needed.

We recycle
Computer Equipment (Monitors, CRT’s, PC’s laptops, etc.)
Test equipment
Cell phones (batteries removed)
Pagers (batteries removed)
Palm pilots (PDA’d) (batteries removed)
Digital cameras (batteries removed)
Radios (batteries removed)
Telecommunications equipment
Sound and lighting equipment, including amplifiers, speakers, dimmers, control boards and interfaces and standard cabling related to
Consumer home electronics (Stereo’s DVDNHS players, tuners, TV’s, etc.}
Miscellaneous electronic equipment
Alkaline batteries, lead acid batteries, NiM batteries and lithium batteries
Printer I toner cartridges
All electronic peripherals- Printers, Hard Drives (personal, not UT Arlington property), Floppy’s CD Rom’s DVD Drives, Printed Circuit Boards, Power Supplies, Zip Drivers, Jazz Drives, Smart cards, cable, wiring, IC’s – Integrated Circuits, Memory, Resistors, Capacitors

Map of E-Waste containers across campus
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=32.73068091351135%2C-97.11448918281714&z=16&mid=1INsjUu1YBmV4jTscNj4O0vlzUdVidJ9T


Is the institution’s electronic waste recycler certified under the e-Stewards and/or Responsible Recycling (R2) standards?:
Yes

Website URL where information about the institution’s hazardous waste program is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.